Orthopedic surgery is necessitating lengthy periods of recovery and there is a certain diet that needs to be followed during the recovery period. An appropriate diet will enable faster healing, thereby reducing and relieving pain. There are particular foods that should be avoided and should be eaten after an orthopedic surgery, in accordance to a professional orthopedist, Dr. Douglas Abeles.
Foods to be avoided
1. Caffeine products: Caffeine is a stimulant that increases the rate food digested in the body. The consumption of foods that are high in caffeine may cause diarrhea. The drinks like tea, coffee, and cola needs should also be avoided until several weeks of surgery.
2. Alcohol: It is strictly forbidden taking a surgery, because it causes thinning of the blood, and causing the process of healing to slow down. Also, it causes bruising and bleeding, which you need to avoid two weeks before the surgery and one week after the surgery.
3. Sweets: You need to avoid these foods after your surgery because it does not have any vitamins, nutrients, minerals and it has so much sugar. Dr. Douglas Abeles explained that the appetite is usually poor after surgery. Sweets will make you feel full faster, and so it will take up space in order to consume food that is high in vitamins and nutrients.
4. Dairy products: Dairy products have lots of calcium and other essential vitamins. Nevertheless, it is hard for your body to digest dairy products after surgery. Vitamin supplement consumption should be considered in the initial part of your recovery, making sure that your body will still be receiving the necessary vitamins for appropriate recovery.
5. Fizzy drinks: These drinks have high sugar and thus, included in the foods that should be avoided after your surgery. According to Dr. Douglas Abeles, the carbon dioxide that you can find in fizzy causes the stomach to feel full faster, preventing us from foods that consume nutrients. These drinks will also increase your chances to suffer from cardiovascular problems like stroke and heart attacks.
6. Sticky foods: Cheese, pasta, rice, and peanut butter should be avoided during the first stage of recovery because they can cause discomfort in the stomach, resulting to induced vomiting.
Simple foods that are well balanced and light are much easier on the stomach, and they can be digested easily. They also provide the important nutrients and vitamins necessary during the period of recovery.
1. Diet that is rich in protein: A diet that is rich in protein is important to help your build repair and build organs and muscles, which is most specifically significant after the orthopedic surgery. A protein deficiency may potentially cause muscle wasting and fatigue, according to Dr. Douglas Abeles. Protein acts as the fuel for your body repair, and so it is suggested that you consume between 2-3 servings of chicken, beef, cheese, fish, milk, eggs, and pork during the initial phase of recovery. Another outstanding way of adding more protein without much preparation is protein shakes.
2. Low residue diet: Dr. Douglas Abeles believes that it is good to go on a low residue diet, which consists of low fiber food, like vegetables, eggs, fruits, and tender meats to help in easy digestion, helping you slow down the bowel movement.
3. Iron: This essential nutrient can help prevent a common side effect after surgery, anemia. The body requires iron supply on a regular basis to help form hemoglobin that enables the red blood cells to carry oxygen all over the body.
Knowing the do’s and don’ts in the foods to eat after orthopedic surgery by Dr. Douglas Abeles will help you get the fastest and sure recovery you need.